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Job Title:
Middle School Jazz Teacher

    Key Job Facts Posted: 07/30/2009
Specialty: Music,Orchestra Director/Strings

Location: New Haven, CT
Start Date: August 2009

    Job Details
Middle School Jazz Teacher

Start Date: August 2009
Locations: Bridgeport, CT

About Achievement First:
Achievement First is a charter school management organization started in July 2003 by the leaders of Amistad Academy, a high performing charter school in New Haven, CT. A non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, Achievement First is creating a network of achievement-gap closing charter schools in Connecticut and New York to bring to scale the dramatic, life changing student achievement results produced at Amistad Academy. Achievement First currently operates 15 schools in both NY and CT. Over the next decade, Achievement First will grow to support 30 schools serving over 11,500 students. For more information about the Achievement First mission, model, our schools and team, please visit our website at www.achievementfirst.org.

Teaching at Achievement First:
We believe that every child has the ability to succeed and attend college. Our students work extremely hard and are held to very high expectations regarding both their academic achievement and character development. Students are expected to operate in accordance with our REACH Values (Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship, and Hard Work) both in and outside of school. The Achievement First community is a Team & Family and teachers work together to ensure the academic success and character development of not only the students in their classroom, but all students in their school. We invest in each of our teachers with the understanding that they alone have the power to achieve our mission of providing all students with the academic and character skills necessary to succeed in a competitive world.

Responsibilities of Achievement First School Teachers:
o Academic achievement and student character development
• Create a positive , achievement-oriented and structured learning environment with a high “joy-factor” so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence
• Continually sculpt instruction around the results of Achievement First’s Interim Assessments
• Use data from the Interim Assessments to strategically inform instruction so that all students achieve dramatic gains
• Set and hold students to extremely high academic and behavioral standards
• Constantly embody the REACH values and demonstrate relentless enthusiasm for hard work
• Invest parents and families in their children’s academic success and development of REACH values
• Develop and implement specific plans to ensure that each “Kid We Love the Most” achieves dramatic gains

o Learning & development
• Work with coach , grade-level chair and the school team to constantly evaluate and improve mastery of instructional, culture building, and leadership skills
• Enthusiastically participate in structured and informal learning and development opportunities

o Contributing to the AF and school communities
• Collaborate with colleagues to ensure a rigorous, joyful, and safe environment across the entire school
• Assume responsibility for every single scholar’s success by holding all students accountable during transitions, meals, trips, etc.
• Create unit plans, lesson plans, or other instructional materials as needed to ensure student success across the entire network

Skills and Characteristics
• Strong instructional and classroom management skills
• Demonstrated mastery of subject matter
• Unyielding commitment to students, self and school’s constant learning and development
• Team player
• Highly organized
• Belief in Achievement First’s mission, educational model, REACH and Core Values
• Maturity, humility, strong work ethic, sense of humor, and “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude

Educational Background and Work Experience
• Two years of urban teaching experience with a record of high student achievement
• Bachelors degree from a competitive college or university

Salary for this position is very competitive and commensurate with experience. Additionally, Achievement First offers a comprehensive benefits package.

    Contact Information

Contact Person:

Tasha Cannon

Teacher Recruiter

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Mailing Address:

 403 James St.

 New Haven



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